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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: May 24, 2012 10:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Memorial Day

My dad was a U.S. veteran who flew missions in World War II shooting photographs over Africa and/or Europe. My two brothers are U.S. veterans. I never served, but I have reported numerous times about U.S. soldiers and our veterans.

Re: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Published on Saturday, December 17, 2005 by the Los Angeles Times
America's Anti-Torture Tradition - by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

"Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower made a point to guarantee exemplary treatment to German POWs in World War II. Gen. Douglas McArthur ordered application of the Geneva Convention during the Korean War. In the Vietnam War, the United States extended the convention's protection to Viet Cong prisoners."

60 years ago at the war crimes trials in Nuremberg, Germany, the Nazi war criminals were found guilty of crimes against humanity and committing torture. The verdicts for the Nazi war criminals were announced on October 1, 1946. Eighteen of the defendants were found guilty while three were acquitted. Eleven of the guilty were sentenced to death by hanging, the remainder received prison sentences ranging from 10 years to life.

General-Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel, the head of Hitler's Wehrmacht, did not recognize the Geneva Treaty rights of Soviet soldiers as POWs fighting on the Eastern Front in 1941. Many Soviet POWs were tortured and murdered by the Nazis. Keitel even called the Geneva conventions "obsolete," a remark noted by U.S. prosecutors at the Nuremberg Trials. When Wilhelm Keitel was sentenced, the judges cited the "obsolete" statement as an aggravating circumstance in seeking, and obtaining, the death penalty. Keitel was executed in 1946.

"Torture-master" Field-Marshal Gen.Wilhelm Keitel poses for Nazi cameras in his car in 1941 (on the right)

On 25 January 2002, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales sent a Memorandum to President Bush regarding a presidential decision to issue an Order that captured members of the Taliban were not protected under the Geneva POW Convention. Mr. Gonzales then identified what he believed were the ramifications of Mr. Bush's [torture] determination.

"The nature of [a "war" against terrorism] places a high premium on ...factors such as the ability to quickly obtain information from captured terrorists and their sponsors ... and the need to try terrorists for war crimes... [t]his new paradigm renders obsolete Geneva's strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners..." He also believed the determination "...eliminates any argument regarding the need for case-by-case determinations of POW status."
Today, pension-drawing CIA retiree Jose Rodriguez has no regrets about him and the CIA using "enhanced interrogation [torture] techniques" on suspected al Qaeda prisoners detained and questioned after 9/11/2001.

well-paid "Torture-master" Jose Rodriguez poses for 60 Minutes cameras in his expensive Corvette in 2012

Every American needs to watch this 29 April 2012 interview with Jose Rodriguez on the CBS news program 60 Minutes. Common sense dictates that our soldiers, citizens, and POWs will receive the same [or worse] torture if they are captured. Torture is against U.S. law, and it violates international law.

• Jose Rodriguez admits to disappearing people all the time
• Jose Rodriguez admits to using torture and secret CIA prisons all around the world
• Jose Rodriguez admits to using waterboarding on prisoners hundreds of times
• Jose Rodriguez admits to using forced stress positions on prisoners all the time
• Jose Rodriguez admits to using forced sleep depravation on prisoners all the time
• Jose Rodriguez admits to using forced dieting and weight-control on prisoners all the time
• Jose Rodriguez admits to using forced nudity on prisoners all the time
• Jose Rodriguez admits to using forced temperature extremes on prisoners all the time
• Jose Rodriguez admits to using forced loud music on prisoners all the time
• Jose Rodriguez admits to using regular bitch-slaps to the faces of prisoners all the time

Torture-master Jose Rodriguez's mug shot